It is easy to forget the finer points in AV design and mismatching the type of projector you have with an incompatible screen material is one of those “little things” that will become a big problem. While matte white is typically the universal “go to” brand, there could be problems even there. This article addresses the main characteristics of Standard, Short Throw, and UST projectors as well as the materials that are most compatible with them. Before we start, let’s discuss throw distance since it is what sets these 3-projectors apart.
Simply put, throw distance is the measured expanse that the light must travel from the projector’s lens to the projection screen’s surface. Standard throw projectors typically create a 100” (16:9) image footprint from about 10 feet of throw distance. Short throw projectors can create the same sized image from less than half that distance (about 4 feet), and UST projectors will put up the same sized image in a matter of inches.
The three basic types of projector screens are Standard Throw, Short Throw (ST), or Ultra Short Throw (UST). For this example, we will use each type of projector to create a 100” (16:9) image and discuss which material will work best for it.
In Summary, a standard projector goes with just about everything, whereas short throw projectors require a tensioned-flat surface but make installation a lot more convenient. For wide open spaces, the traditional design is best. A short throw is better for training environments; while a UST projector is the best bet for a tight spot.